Studies show that adults can recall memories from when they were 3 or 4 years old. Any memories before that would be pretty boring. Most of them would revolve around being dependent on other people to meet your basic needs. I’m hungry–somebody feed me! Oops–now my diaper needs changed. Little help?!?
Diapers and wipes can get pricey. And formula? That can break the bank. It’s easy enough to mash up some fruits and veggies and call it baby food. But toddler foods–stuff that’s made for kiddos to pick up as they learn how to feed themselves? Not cheap. Economic reality might mean parents have to put off a change to stretch the life of your diaper (warning: diaper rash ahead!). No finger foods can delay the development of those crucial small-motor skills. When you’re that little, you don’t have much control over what goes on.
Sometimes parents are forced into making sacrifices without even realizing it. But should you really have to make sacrifices when you’re bringing up baby?
We asked the Kiwanis Club of Columbus, and the response was a resounding–NO!
The Kiwanis Club of Columbus delivered a generous $6,250 grant to help launch ‘Full Bellies-Clean Bottoms’–an initiative to help NNEMAP Food Pantry keep baby supplies stocked for our youngest customers. Our amazing church partners and two fantastic diaper-drive organizations do their best to help us keep these products on our shelves. Despite their efforts, we still run short at certain times of the month.
Thanks to our Kiwanis Club friends, those days are over. Straight ahead: happy babies!
To join the Kiwanis Club of Columbus and support our Full Bellies-Clean Bottoms program, please click below to make a secure online donation!
It’s not everyday that a major international celebration coincides with a global giving event. But here we are–Cinco de Mayo and #GivingTuesday, joined together in a unifying day of hope and, hopefully, change. Spare change, that is.
For the price of a marguerita at a major chain restaurant, we can provide a family with three days’ worth of groceries. That’s not bad. Why not have one for the road? We’ll serve two families!
To get you in that #GivingTuesday mood, here are some fun and completely factually inaccurate statements about Cinco de Mayo:
-Actor Robert De Niro considered changing his name to Roberto Dinero before auditioning for the title role in ‘Scarface.’ He reconsidered after reading the script.
-American author John dos Passos did change his original name. He was named John dos Pesos at birth. (That is entirely untrue. He was actually christened ‘John Hey It Would Be Amazing if You Donated Six Bucks to NNEMAP Today.’
-Cinco de Mayo was not celebrated for decades. After France’s dismal showing in the two World Wars, Mexico did not want to sound like a bully for routing the French Empire in 1862.
-For real facts about Cinco de Mayo, maybe try a Google search. To donate to NNEMAP Food Pantry, CLICK HERE!
THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT!
A few weeks ago, a volunteer came into my office on another busy Friday. “Can you help this customer?” she asked. “She got a letter about her property taxes and she doesn’t know what it’s about,” she explained.
I went to speak with the customer to learn more. Well into her 80s, she was shopping in a wheelchair, visibly upset. “They’re going to take my house,” she said. After gathering some information, it was time to investigate.
A quick look at the Franklin County Auditor’s website showed her property taxes were current. Perhaps the letter was sent in error or it was in regard to another matter. We had to find out, but how? If it was a legal matter, who could help?
Short answer: the Legal Aid Society of Columbus. I sent all the information to our friends at Legal Aid and explained the situation. They called the customer to learn more about the notice she received in the mail. The customer is now working with the City of Columbus to find out why she received this notice. If our customer needs additional assistance, our friends at the Legal Aid Society of Columbus are a phone call away and completely free of charge.
This story will have a happy ending, and it’s all because of the wonderful partnerships that help NNEMAP Food Pantry serve more than food.
-Our CUSTOMER, our most important partner, knew she could share her concern with the NNEMAP volunteer who was helping her shop.
-Our VOLUNTEER, the heart and soul of our organization, knew there was some way we could help.
-Our STAFF identified an agency that could help the customer.
-Our REPRESENTATIVE from the Legal Aid Society of Columbus immediately responded to our customer’s needs and continues to follow up.
At NNEMAP Food Pantry, we can give you food. And we can listen.
We can’t give you legal advice, but we can connect you with someone who can.
We can’t complete your application for SNAP/Food Stamps benefits, but we can connect you with someone who will.
We can’t help you choose the right health care plan or explain how open enrollment works, but we can connect you with someone who does.
We CAN care about connecting you to trusted, quality services and organizations. And we do. Because ALL of our partnerships are important.
To find out how YOU CAN BE A PARTNER, click the link below. We can’t wait to see you!
We are blessed to receive a $1,000 grant from The Catholic Foundation through the Foundation’s responsive grant cycle. This grant will help us continue to grow our service area and distribute more fresh and healthy food to more customers. We are proud that our pantry is being acknowledged and supported for all the good work we do.
We are grateful for all the donors who made this grant possible through The Catholic Foundation. Individuals who care deeply about helping others and want to do more in their community can set up endowments and other funds through The Catholic Foundation for the benefit of organizations like NNEMAP Food Pantry.
To learn more about how you can set up funds to help NNEMAP Food Pantry, please reach out to The Catholic Foundation’s Director of Development, Scott Hartman, at email@example.com or 614-443-8893.
To make a secure, online donation to NNEMAP Food Pantry right now, CLICK HERE.
To learn how your planned gift can leave a lasting legacy at NNEMAP Food Pantry, contact Sean Becker, Director of Development + Marketing, at 405-850-1688 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
#GivingTuesday has given way to Grateful Wednesday. Why are we so grateful? Because of YOU! Thanks to a generous matching funds opportunity, NNEMAP Food Pantry donors raised $3,600 to help fuel our mission!
NNEMAP Food Pantry can do a lot with a little. That $3,600 can buy about 2 months worth of food for our customers AND pay the electricity bill to keep it fresh.
So what does “2 months worth of food” even mean?!? Good question–let us explain. We see about 1,500 pantry visits each month, and each household averages about 3 members. We provide enough food for about 3 days worth of meals per pantry visit (so about 9 meals per person per visit).
So that $3,600 will account for about 40,000 meals (1,500 pantry visits x 3 persons per household x 9 meals per person)…
…AND enough cash leftover to keep the lights on and the freezers and coolers running. We’re pretty thrifty!
We are all about second chances. If you missed out on Giving Tuesday, don’t despair. You can always DONATE NOW!!! We promise to get some bang for your bucks!
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF OUR MISSION!!!